Teaching, research, supervision of undergraduate and PhD students and administration are included in my role as university lecturer and associate professor. I share my time between the divisions of Packaging Logistics (Dep. of Design Sciences) and Applied Microbiology (Dep. of Chemistry). I teach future biotechnology, chemical and environmental engineers in basic microbiology, food microbiology, molecular genetics and quality and product safety. At the division of Packaging Logistics I coordinate a course in packaging materials mainly intended for food and serve as a program co-coordinator for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree “Food Innovation and Product Design” (FIPDes).
The overall focus in my research is food safety and foodborne microbial virulence in different food matrices and environments: in other words, to understand how different food poisoning pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus survive, grow and produce toxins in different foods, food processing environments, packaging and storage conditions. I also study the role of S. aureus virulence factors in mastitis, i.e. udder inflammation, which is one of the most common diseases in dairy cows.